What is Vipassana?
Vipassana means to see clearly/beyond, to see the true nature of things as they really are.
Our practice is based on the Four Foundations of Mindfulness, training the mind to be aware of the present moment at all times, allowing us to overcome everyday difficulties we find in our daily life.
Vipassana meditation technique
The technique is being taught by teachers from Wat Chomtong. The technique is from the Mahasi Sayadaw tradition and has been developed by Ajarn Tong, the Abbott of Wat Chomtong near Chiang Mai. It is a practical technique enabling you to practice after the retreat and incorporate mindfulness in your daily life. The practice consists of walking and sitting meditation. The course will take you through different stages of knowledge ce. within the practice. The beginners’ course is 14 days. If you have already done a ‘basic course’, follow up retreats are 10 days only.
Benefits of the practice
Overcoming many personal, mental and physical difficulties, like relationships, work-related stress, letting go of attachments etc.
Constant practice develops insight allowing confidence, energy and effort, mindfulness, concentration and wisdom to arise, in order to help ourselves and others overcome difficulties enabling us to have more compassion for ourselves and others.
Martin Pack has been meditating for more than 30 years. 14 years ago he came across this particular form of Vipassana meditation and it was a life changing experience.He subsequently spent years practicing in Northern Thailand often going straight from one retreat into another.Soon he was asked to assist in leading retreats by revered teacher Thanat in Chom Thong in Thailand and Phra Ofer in Isreal under the authority of the venerable Ajarn Tong Sirimangalo coming from the Mahasi lineage.In 2008 martin was asked by his teacher to set up a Vipassana meditation centre in the mountainous region of Pai. His years of experience in leading retreats show especially during the ‘report times’ (private daily talks between the teacher and the retreat participants) where he helps the students through their challenges with his compassion, characteristic humour and deep understanding of the processes they are going through. In the last years Martin has also organised and taught retreats in Northern Italy, England, Wales, Israel, France and Austria. http://www.risingfalling.org/
Teacher – Martin – Donation
In the Buddhist tradition the teaching is paid on donation and is much appreciated as the teachers work on a volunteer basis.
Accommodation with food-Donation
The program has change and the cost of housing and food is based in ANY DONATION. In order to maintain the purity of the teaching and for someone to not have high expectations upon his payment, we decide to let our trust keep growing in Dhamma.
Deposit required for secure your seat at the course: is 100 Euro, please deposit until 15 of march 2015, deposit is not refundable in case of cancellation, seats are minimum and require attention.
The Studios is in the heart of the mountain that can host up to ten people in total. Situated in Neohori village, overlooking the Nydri Bay on the east coast of Lefkada Island, an absolute silent retreat house. For more info: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/1054651
The menu is designed according the season with an influence from the macrobiotic nutrition approach and enriched with local, fresh products.
What to Bring
Traditionally vipassana is practices in neutral clothing. Bring with you some white clothing If you like.
A countdown timer if possible.
Toiletries: Soap etc.
before 1st march
After 1st march